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Why ‘The Muppets’ Failed, According To Miss Piggy Creator Frank Oz

Why ‘The Muppets’ Failed, According To Miss Piggy Creator Frank Oz
ABC’s The Muppets television show revival was short-lived. While the series got favorable reviews, there was a sizable backlash from parents who didn’t think the adult-skewing humor was suitable for family viewing. After six episodes the network replaced showrunner Bob Kushell with Kristen Newman as part of their plans to creatively overhaul the series, but […]

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The Honeymooners: CBS Developing Classic Sitcom Reboot

CBS Mulls Reboot of The Honeymooners TV ShowOne of these days... one of these days.... Variety reports CBS is considering a reboot of The Honeymooners TV show. Bob Kushell will write the pilot script for CBS Television Studios. He will also executive produce with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, and Jeff Greenstein.The original Honeymooners began as a sketch on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars, from 1951. The show moved to CBS in 1952 as The Jackie Gleason Show. The Honeymooners premiered on CBS as a half-hour TV series in October of '55 and ran until it was cancelled after 39 episodes, in September of '56. Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Joyce Randolph starred.Read More…
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CBS Developing ‘The Honeymooners’ Reboot

CBS Developing ‘The Honeymooners’ Reboot
CBS has its eye on an updated version of “The Honeymooners,” Variety has confirmed.

The project is a multicamera comedy from executive producer Bob Kushell, who will write the pilot script for CBS Television Studios. Kushell was also behind ABC’s “Muppets” reboot. Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, and Jeff Greenstein will also serve as executive producers.

The new “Honeymooners” will be a modern spin on the 1950s classic, which starred Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Audrey Meadows as his wife Alice, and Art Carney and Joyce Randolph as neighbors Ed and Trixie Norton. The move is not unlike that behind CBS’ revamping of “The Odd Couple,” now in its third season on the network.

The property itself, which had its roots as a sketch on the defunct DuMont Network’s “Cavalcade of Stars” variety series, has been resurrected several times: There was the initial run on CBS, followed
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‘Honeymooners’ Reboot in the Works at CBS

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“The Honeymooners” are coming back to TV. TheWrap has confirmed that CBS is developing a reboot of the classic TV series. The multi-camera comedy will follow two couples, best friends and neighbors, who must contend with a new dynamic when one couple remarries after divorcing four years earlier. Bob Kushell, who served as showrunner on “The Muppets” for ABC, will write and executive produce, with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and Jeff Greenstein also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce. Also Read: TVLand's 'Heathers' Reboot Has Found Its Heathers The Tannenbaums and Timberman currently serve as
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CBS Plans to Reboot 'The Honeymooners'

CBS Plans to Reboot 'The Honeymooners'
The Honeymooners, the famous 1950s sitcom starring Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows, is getting a modern reboot on CBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original series focused on the home life of Ralph Kramden (Gleason) a New York City bus driver and his wife Alice (Meadows) along with their amusing neighbors, Ed and Trixie Norton (Art Carney and Joyce Randolph). The new version of The Honeymooners will revolve around two couples, but with a twist: one of the pairs will have just remarried after getting a divorce four years earlier.
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The Honeymooners Reboot Eyed at CBS

The Honeymooners Reboot Eyed at CBS
Like it or not, CBS is taking a stab at recreating one of its most beloved sitcoms of all time.

The network is currently in the midst of developing a new take on The Honeymooners, THR.com reports.

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The reboot, being helmed by The Muppets‘ Bob Kushell, would once again center on two couples who double as best friends and neighbors — only this time, one of the couples remarries after divorcing each other four years prior. (Perhaps Ralph and Alice separated after he threatened to send
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'The Honeymooners' Reboot in the Works at CBS (Exclusive)

CBS is going "straight to the moon."

The network has put in development a modern-day reboot of one of television's most iconic comedies, The Honeymooners.

The multicamera comedy hails from Bob Kushell, who will pen the script and executive produce the CBS Television Studios comedy. The new take centers on two couples — best friends and neighbors like the original — who contend with a new dynamic when one couple remarries after divorcing four years earlier.

Kushell, the well-liked showrunner who most recently developed ABC's Muppets reboot, will executive produce alongside Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Eric and Kim...
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CAA Hosts Comedy Writers’ Boot Camp to Help Diversify TV

CAA is doing its part to help ameliorate Hollywood’s diversity problem by hosting a comedy writers’ boot camp at its Century City offices on Saturday.

The day-long event hosted 60 aspiring comedy writers and featured several panels with some of the industry’s top TV execs, agents, and showrunners discussing how to break into the TV comedy world.

America Ferrera, Liz Feldman, Mike O’Malley, and Bob Kushell were among the talent who attended the event, along with CAA TV agents Olivia Blaustein, Jonas Brooks, Tony Etz, Ashley Holland, Jacquie Katz, and Brandon Lawrence.

The boot camp is designed to help young writers (not just women and people of color) move more quickly through the writers’ room and rise through the ranks, where they can eventually have more creative control of a show. The goal for the day was not to discuss diversity and inclusion, but rather to do something about it by giving female and/or
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The Muppets TV show has been cancelled

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ABC has pulled the plug on The Muppets TV show, choosing to cancel it rather than order a second season...

The Muppets TV show has been cancelled by ABC. The network has opted not to order a second season of the show, which perhaps doesn’t come as a huge surprise given the turmoil that the series has faced.

Halfway through the first (and now only) season of The Muppets, Galavant’s Kristen Newman was brought in as a new co-showrunner and the series’ co-creator Bob Kushell was shuffled out. Newman spoke publicly about her plans to refocus the show on “joy and zaniness and heart”, but it seems that ABC still weren’t pleased at the end of the season.

The ratings are arguably the biggest contributor to this decision to cancel The Muppets. Variety reports that The Muppets ended with around 5 million viewers in the Nielsen “live plus-7” estimates,
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‘The Muppets’ Cancelled by ABC

‘The Muppets’ Cancelled by ABC
ABC has cancelled comedy series “The Muppets.” The show will not be picked up for a second season.

The decision to pull the plug on the show came after a midseason show runner change failed to turn around disappointing ratings. The show underperformed following a massive marketing campaign around its launch. Critics derided the series as not family-friendly enough and out of step with the history of the characters, created by the late Jim Henson.

“The Muppets” started hot as might be expected but had a quick fade, finishing with a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. ABC has been faring a little better of late in its Tuesday timeslot with “The Real O’Neals.”

Still, ABC had until recently been leaning toward a renewal for the series based in part on the franchise’s overall value to corporate parent the Walt Disney Co.
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The Muppets: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

Tonight marks the season finale of The Muppets on ABC. The network wasn't happy with the new Tuesday night series' ratings in the fall so they replaced series showrunner Bob Kushell with Galavant's showrunner, Kristin Newman. Newman made some changes to the series but they don't seem to have made a difference. The ratings hit new lows when the show returned from its winter hiatus.

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The Muppets: new co-showrunner discusses changes

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“The Muppets are all about joy and zaniness” stresses Kristen Newman, the new showrunner of their ABC series…

Now that Kristen Newman (who jumped ships from ABC's Galavant) has taken over from Bob Kushell as the co-showrunner to Bill Prady on ABC’s The Muppets series, she’s quickly made some changes to the show.

“I came in for episode 10, which was the Christmas episode that aired before the break,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, “and Day 1 of work was rewriting Piggy-Kermit scenes to really bring that connection back.”

“The heart of the whole franchise has always been Piggy and Kermit, and I think breaking them up was really smart,” she continued. “There’s always more story to be told and more tension when two people who love each other are apart instead of together. But what’s important to remember is that they do love each other,
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TV Writer Bob Kushell Signs With CAA

CAA has signed veteran comedy writer-producer Bob Kushell. He most recently co-created ABC’s freshman comedy series The Muppets and served as an executive producer and showrunner until his exit in November. Kushell started his primetime writing career on HBO’s Dream On and went on to work on The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From The Sun, American Dad, Grounded For Life, Samantha Who?, and Malcolm In The Middle. He created the BBC comedy Way To Go among other series. Kushell was…
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The Muppets Will Be Less Mean and More 'Jimmy Fallon-Style' With Its Midseason Reboot

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The Muppets Will Be Less Mean and More 'Jimmy Fallon-Style' With Its Midseason Reboot
The curious case of The Muppets has been puzzling critics and viewers alike — who the hell is Denise, and where the hell is Camilla? — since the mockumentary-style comedy premiered on ABC in the fall to a lukewarm response. The show, which chronicles the adorable anthropomorphic characters in Los Angeles as they work on the late-night talk show Up Late With Miss Piggy, was noticeably more adult in narrative and oddly morose in its overall tone. But instead of muttering a signature Beaker meep meep and continuing on with production, showrunner Bob Kushell was let go, soon replaced by Galavant showrunner Kristin Newman to give it a Dr. Bunsen Honeydew-calculated change. And what are those changes, you may ask? In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Newman discussed at length about how her main goal will be to make the show less mean-spirited and instead fill it with
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How the new 'Muppets' showrunner plans to save Kermit, Miss Piggy, and friends

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Last spring, ABC boss Paul Lee boasted of one of his new comedies, "This is not your grandmother's 'Muppets.'" At press tour this weekend, Lee admitted "The Muppets" needed some creative tweaking, because, "We didn’t quite feel it had the joy, the laughter, and the heart we were looking for." In other words, they now want something very much like your grandmother's "Muppets," which is as it should be. The version of "The Muppets" that debuted in the fall had funny moments, but for the most part the characters seemed cynical and bitter and occasionally mean in a way that doesn't at all fit what Jim Henson's creations should be doing. The last couple of episodes that aired seemed to finally be bringing the sweetness back to the Muppets, and it sounds like new showrunner Kristin Newman (who arrived in time to do some rewriting of the
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ABC’s Paul Lee Talks ‘Muppets’ Problems, ‘Quantico’ Strength and Value of ‘Big Swings’

ABC’s Paul Lee Talks ‘Muppets’ Problems, ‘Quantico’ Strength and Value of ‘Big Swings’
ABC Entertainment Group chief Paul Lee was candid about the shortcomings of the much-ballyhooed revival of “The Muppets” in assessing the network’s performance during his presentation Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

The fall launch in general was solid for the Alphabet. Lee cited the Sunday night FBI drama “Quantico” as having emerged an important new player. Star Priyanka Chopra is “a quintessential ABC star,” Lee enthused, pointing to the growth in delayed viewing week after week. “We really think the show has legs.”

But on “Muppets,” Lee didn’t gild the lily. The show was a creative disappointment even if it turned in a decent Nielsen number. Lee said he’s encouraged by five scripts that he’s seen from new showrunner Kristin Newman, who was recruited last year to replace Bob Kushell.

The response to the “Muppets” underscored the depth of
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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Book Cameos on ‘The Muppets’

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Book Cameos on ‘The Muppets’
The Muppets” is welcoming guest stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Foo FightersDave Grohl, Variety has learned. Both stars will appear as themselves on the Dec. 1 episode titled “Going, Going, Gonzo.”

On the upcoming episode, after a show-stopping duet with Miss Piggy on “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” Gordon-Levitt joins Scooter, Pepe and the gang for poker night. Meanwhile, Gonzo gears up to perform his dream stunt and Dave Grohl challenges Animal to a drum-off.

The episode, which airs at 8:00 p.m on ABC, was written by Shane Kosakowski and Franklin Hardy and the teleplay was penned by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey. Randall Einhorn directed the episode.

The cameo will mark Grohl’s return to the furry friends, as he appeared in the 2011 feature film “The Muppets,” as Animal’s replacement in the cover band, The Moopets.In its freshman season, “The Muppets” has welcomed guest stars Elizabeth Banks,
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ABC's "Muppets" Reboot Gets Relaunched

ABC's freshman comedy series "The Muppets" has undergone a major shake-up as co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Bob Kushell has left the project with Kristin Newman ("Galavant") in negotiations to succeed him as new showrunner.

The show is undergoing a creative overhaul which will be seen on screens after the series takes a hiatus following its tenth episode. The remaining six episodes will air in the Spring and are said to be treated as a relaunch.

Kushell co-wrote the original Muppets presentation with "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator/executive producer Bill Prady. The show was rushed to air before its concept and tone had been formed - resulting in reviews expressing great concern over its creative direction. Ratings for the show started strong but have since plunged even as it remains Tuesday's highest-rated new TV show among Adults 18-49 (2.6).

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The Muppets: co-showrunner Bob Kushell quits the show

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In an unpredicted turn of events, The Simpsons alum Bob Kushell has left his role as a co-showrunner for The Muppets series…

Here’s an unexpected one. Bob Kushell – one of the executive producers and co-showrunners of ABC’s The Muppets TV show – has departed the series after only six episodes have been aired.

Kushell is well versed in working behind the scenes on successful comedy series, having previously held roles on The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Malcolm In The Middle and Anger Management.

From our perspective, things seemed to be going well for The Muppets. ABC ordered a few more episodes of the adult-skewed series only last week. It remains a mystery, then, exactly why Mr Kushell has walked away.

According to Variety, “Kushell’s departure comes amid reports that he had been clashing over the creative direction of the series with co-showrunner Bill Prady.
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The Muppets: ABC Wants to Save the Series; Should They Cancel It?

One of the most anticipated new TV shows of the 2015-16 season, The Muppets premiered with great ratings. Unfortunately, the new adult take on the classic characters isn't everyone's cup of tea and the numbers have dropped more than 50%. ABC ordered three more episodes but, with this ratings trajectory, the series could easily be cancelled.

The network is replacing series co-creator co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Bob Kushell. Word is that he and co-showrunner Bill Prady had different ideas about the creative direction of the series. Galavant's Kristin Newman is currently in negotiations to replace him as part of her overall deal with ABC Studios.

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